Federal prosecutors alleged Wednesday in an 85-page indictment against her husband, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, and four others that Chenault-Fattah fraudulently sold her 1989 Porsche Carrera to a Florida-based lobbyist for $18,000.
“Both the indictment and media accounts are incorrect,” she said in her letter to the local NBC affiliate, parts of which were included in a report posted on the station’s website yesterday afternoon.
Chenault-Fattah has gone on voluntary leave, an NBC10 source told the Daily News, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The 57-year-old anchor isn’t named or charged in the federal indictment, but is identified as “Person E,” the congressman’s wife, who was “an affiliate of the Fattah enterprise.”
“I know this was a legitimate sale, but this is not likely to go away anytime soon,” she added.
NBC10 spokeswoman Shawn Feddeman did not return calls seeking comment, but a station source said execs will be monitoring ratings with Chenault-Fattah off the desk and will have more information available next week.
Chenault-Fattah claimed in the letter that she sold the car around January 2012 so that the proceeds could be used to purchase a $425,000 vacation home in the Poconos. “Two weeks before the close, the mortgage said a new law went into effect (this was Jan of 2012) and we were required to put $18,000 in reserve. It could not be a gift or a loan,” she wrote.
“A family friend agreed to buy it last minute and we sold the car for its blue book value,” she wrote. Herbert Vederman, a deputy mayor under former Mayor Ed Rendell who now lives in Palm Beach, Fla., wired the $18,000 to the Fattahs, the indictment alleges, and later received a bill of sale and title transfer.
via Fattah’s wife, an NBC 10 anchor, defends Porsche sale – Philadelphia Inquirer.